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    Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur: Match Report

    By Tom Regan

    Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester City were crowned champions of England for the first time in their 132 year history after Tottenham Hotspur threw away a two-goal lead to draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
    Eric Dier was passed fit, whilst Son Heung-min stepped in for the suspended Dele Alli. The experienced John Terry started for the Blues despite missing 10 of the last 12 matches for his side.

    Chelsea won a corner on three minutes. Cesc Fabregas crossed but Gary Cahill headed wide. Mousa Dembele and John Obi Mikel were involved in an early spat, but referee Mark Clattenburg only had words with both players.
    After 10 minutes, Spurs worked the ball over to left-back Danny Rose. Danny fired a sweet left foot shot just over Asmir Begovic’s goal. Rose was spoken to after a challenge on Willian, then Branislav Ivanovic received some similar advice after chopping down Rose.

    Diego Costa pestered Clattenburg over his lack of action against Kyle Walker over a nothing foul, and quite rightly, nothing was given.
    Mauricio Pochettino’s side defended well against the attacking threat of Ivanovic. After 23 minutes, Harry Kane was fouled, but Clattenburg played advantage. Christian Eriksen gave Son a chance on goal, but the South Korean could only win a corner.

    At the other end, Clattenburg allowed play to continue after Walker’s foul on Pedro, but Fabregas fired wide across the goalmouth. Walker received the first yellow card of the game.
    Son had a glorious chance after Erik Lamela had fed the forward, but he fluffed the opportunity as his left footed shot went wide. Harry Kane’s free kick from 30 yards passed just over Begovic’s goal.

    Walker lost his footing, allowing Costa to break away, but Hugo Lloris made a good stop, tipping the ball over for a corner.
    The north Londoners took a dramatic lead. Dier fed Lamela, who found his man with a diagonal pass. Kane received gratefully, and skilfully rounded Begovic before finishing off in front of the delighted travelling fans.

    Following a delightful passage of play from the Lilywhites, Walker crossed from the right and Lamela forced Begovic into a good save.
    With half time looming, Tottenham were in dreamland as their lead was doubled. Much like the first goal, Lamela was heavily involved, but it was Eriksen’s cute pass that put Son in the clear, and he beat Begovic to his left with a crisp right-footed shot.

    There was an unsavoury melee near the dug-outs just before the break. Dembele pushed his finger into Costa’s eye. The incident was missed by the officials, but Mousa’s season surely finishes here once the FA see the footage.
    The Blues introduced Eden Hazard for the second half as he replaced Pedro. The Belgium star played on the left, clearly looking for a one-on-one with Walker whenever possible.

    After Son inexplicably gave the ball away in the middle, Hazard got inside Walker, but Lloris was to the rescue. Kane and Rose linked well to provide Son another opportunity, but the South Korean’s effort drifted outside the right post.
    Chelsea reduced the deficit in the 58th minute. Toby Alderweireld needlessly gave the home side a corner after pressure from Costa. When the ball was crossed in, Cahill was in acres of space to fire to the right of Lloris.

    Ryan Mason was introduced, replacing Son. Following a Spurs corner, Jan Vertonghen dinked a ball over to the far post, but his Belgium compatriot Alderweireld could only find the gloves of Begovic.
    Tempers became frayed, and the bookings were coming thick and fast now. Eriksen was cautioned, and Ivanovic headed over from the resulting free kick. Hazard was causing danger, firing a shot which was deflected for a corner after receiving from Willian.

    With 15 minutes remaining, Alderweireld sent one of his trademark long balls over to Walker. Kyle crossed and both Mason and Eriksen failed to find the back of the net. Lamela ran onto a Lloris clearance and got the ball to Kane who hit the ball across the goal.
    It looked like Kane was clearly impeded close to the penalty area, but Clattenburg wasn’t interested. The Blues then countered as Costa fed the ball to Hazard on his left, and Hazard scored with a wonderful shot across Lloris to the far post. Pochettino’s side were made to pay for allowing the Belgian too much time and space.

    The drama continued as Fabregas theatrically rolled around the pitch claiming Lamela had stamped on his hand. Clattenburg took no action here.
    The fourth official indicated six minutes of added time, but the north Londoners were flagging and on the defensive when it was they who so desperately needed to score to stay in the title race.

    The full time whistle was blown, with ugly scenes at Stamford Bridge, but scenes of jubilation in the streets of Leicester. The dream of a Premier League title was over for the Lilywhites.
    The point gained tonight means that Tottenham are guaranteed a top three finish, but a win against Southampton on Sunday will secure second place, and a higher finish than bitter rivals Arsenal for the first time in 21 years.

    It was always a big ask for Spurs to overtake Leicester in these final few games, but the players gave their all tonight, even if they perhaps crossed the line on occasions. Pochettino deserves immense credit for a great season. The future looks bright in N17.
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